Choosing the Right Shoes for Any Type of Exercise

Choosing the Right Shoes for Any Type of Exercise

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Exercise can put feet under a huge amount of stress. Foot-related injuries are common, and many of them result from using the wrong type of shoe. A good pair of shoes will offer cushioning that can prevent damage, support that keeps every joint aligned properly, and a variety of other benefits. Different activities call for different types of support, so smart athletes know to match the shoe to the exercise to boost their performance and ensure their safety. Running Shoes Running shoes serve three major purposes. They protect your feet from the road, they provide traction to prevent falls, and they cushion your feet from the shock of running when they hit the ground. The last of those features is what makes running shoes unique, and it is usually the…
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Top 5 Most Common Materials Used to Make Shoes

Top 5 Most Common Materials Used to Make Shoes

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According to "How Shoes Are Made" by The Sneaker Factory, the most crucial feature in shoe design is not the pattern used for the shape and look of the shoe but the fundamental material from which the shoe is made. The five materials most commonly used in shoe production are leather, textiles, synthetics, rubber and foam. 1. Leather Leather is flexible yet durable, as sturdy as it is supple. It's elastic, so it can be stretched yet it resists tearing and abrasion. It's a breathable material, and it insulates heat, helping to regulate temperature. This all makes leather shoes conform to the feet of the wearer like no other shoe material can. It's no surprise, then, that leather is one of the most common materials that shoemakers use, particularly in…
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You Do Have a Type! Understanding Feet Types for Shoe Buyers

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Your Feet Can Be Happy Feet When one sets out to buy a car, typically a feature that is of the utmost importance is safety. No one would buy a car without seat belts, airbags, or working brakes. Moreover, when living in the snow country, four wheel drive is another option that is important to consider. At the dealership, the number one concern of a new car owner is, “will this be safe for my family?” Asking the Important Questions Accordingly, it would be appropriate to ask ourselves that question in much of our daily lives. The unfortunate fact is that we may not always consider safety and health in much of our planning. Let your mind take you back to earlier today. How often were those little piggies taken…
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Best Shoes for Athletes – Basketball, Football, Baseball, Soccer, and Tennis

Best Shoes for Athletes – Basketball, Football, Baseball, Soccer, and Tennis

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From professional athletes to amateurs, athletes know that the quality of their game depends on the quality of their shoes. In every sport, shoes are uniquely designed to give athletes the right combination of support, speed, visibility, and strength, maximizing their talents and ensuring that they can play a full game without any damaging side effects. A Great Shoe Can Take Athletes to the Next Level The options for athletes in every sport are numerous, with dozens of brands and hundreds of different shoes available at major retailers. Despite the various options available, however, each sport has one or two types of shoes that stand up to the rigors of intense competition and quick movement. Best Shoes for Basketball: Nike Kyrie 2 Basketball shoes need to be supportive around the…
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Brief Buyers Guide to Choosing the Best Rock Climbing Shoes

Brief Buyers Guide to Choosing the Best Rock Climbing Shoes

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As a rock climber, choosing the right pair of rock climbing shoes goes a long way in dictating your rock climbing experience. Whether you are an experienced rock climber or you are new to the sport, you definitely need good shoes. As a learner, you will need a shoe that will establish a fine balance between comfort, longevity and support, but as an experienced climber, power should be chosen over comfort. Below, we explain all the necessary things that you need to know before buying your next pair of rock climbing shoes. What Kind of Climbing Do You Do? The first step to getting the best out of your rock climbing shoes is to consider the kind of climbing you do. Shoes with a down-turned shape are designed for bouldering,…
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Lace Up! 10 Cool Ways to Tie Your Shoe Laces (with Pictures)

Lace Up! 10 Cool Ways to Tie Your Shoe Laces (with Pictures)

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While most people stick to the same shoe-lacing methods that their shoes come with, there exists a near infinite number of possibilities for shoe-lacing. Shoes can be laced for comfort, utility, or for fashion. Lace up your shoes in order to tighten them, loosen them, or to create an interesting style that can serve as a conversation starter. 10 Awesome Ways to Tie Your Shoe Laces While there are a number of shoe lacing methods to match every need and every pair of shoes, here are 10 of the coolest ways to tie your shoelaces. 10. Zipper Laces Just as the name indicates, this method of tying shoelaces has a distinctive look of a giant zipper. It has a decorative look and holds very firmly. It is great for tying boots, skates or…
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How to Choose the Right Shoes for You – A Brief Guide

How to Choose the Right Shoes for You – A Brief Guide

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To keep your feet happy, it’s important to pick out the right shoes. While people often select footwear according to what outfit they intend to wear, it’s just as important to consider function, fit and comfort. How to Hone in on Fit Harvard Health Publications advises shoe shoppers to make an outline of their foot on a piece of paper. When you find a shoe that you like, set it over the tracing. This will save you some time because if the shoe is shorter or narrower than the tracing of your foot, you shouldn’t even try it on. The publication also suggests trying shoes on later in the afternoon or evening. Feet naturally expand throughout the day. In addition, when you’re trying on shoes, be sure to wear the…
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How to Spot FAKE Nike Air Max Shoes

How to Spot FAKE Nike Air Max Shoes

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First released in 1987, the Nike Air Max helped launch the sneaker head movement. Sneaker heads are those who collect shoes from top manufacturers and designers. There are even some who want to have a pair of Nike running shoes in every color and style every made. Even if you aren't a collector, you still need to know how to spot a pair of Nike Air Max fakes. The fakes won't offer the support that your feet need and may even lead to foot pain and injuries when you wear a pair for a longer period of time or while working out. There are some simple things you can look for when shopping online or off that indicate a pair is fake. Box Construction and Design One of the first…
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Best Running Shoes for Women: Top 5 Pairs Reviewed

Best Running Shoes for Women: Top 5 Pairs Reviewed

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Women who are in the market for a new running shoe might find themselves overwhelmed with the vast number of options from leading manufacturers, from New Balance and Nike to Brooks and Mizuno. Though there are hundreds of shoes on the market today, only five shoes have the technology, materials, and unique designs necessary to be competitive, safe, and supportive in a wide range of environments. Five Great Running Shoes for Women A careful review of these shoes will make it easier to pick the best one for each runner. 1. Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 For a running shoe with superior heel and posture support, there is perhaps no better option among women's running shoes than the Saucony Hurricane ISO 2. The second version of the Hurricane ISO, released in…
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Best Running Shoes for Men – Top 5 Pairs Reviewed

Best Running Shoes for Men – Top 5 Pairs Reviewed

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Running might be a decidedly low-tech way to lose weight and boost cardio health, but the best shoes for male runners to wear are decidedly a high-tech affair. Indeed, major running shoe manufacturers issue annual revisions of their footwear to incorporate the latest technology for comfort and safety, like new types of run and different heel designs that reduce stress on the body. Five Great Choices for New Running Shoes In 2017, a large number of impressive new running shoes were released. Men who are in the market for a new shoe should consider one of the five best options released this year as they seek a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable run for months to come. 1. Mizuno Wave Catalyst In the United States, Mizuno often flies under the radar…
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